Posts tagged ‘Methods’

Forthcoming 2022: Kutter & Masson ‘Researching institutions after the discursive turn’

This chapter, published in The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Design edited by Uwe Flick, explores the contribution that qualitative research can make to the investigation of institutions in the current setting. We claim that institution research can benefit from a combination of discourse analysis with Foucauldian governmentality studies and Bourdieusian field analysis. We first introduce the subjects and theoretical traditions of institution research so that scholars interested in the subject can navigate the field. Using the examples of the governmentality of EU agricultural policy and the discourse field of EU multilateral negotiation, we then demonstrate how a qualitative enquiry into institutions can be designed, conducted and reflected upon after the discursive turn.

Analysing crisis discourses: theories and strategies

Talk given by Amelie Kutter at the 7th CADAAD conference
Since the financial crisis emerged in 2007, many projects and publications have been launched that discourse-analyse representations of crisis and crisis management in communications by various groups and organisations. This research has generated insights in recurrent features of crisis discourse, such as blame games, claims for extraordinary authority, or trends of normalisation. Crisis itself, however, is usually taken for granted and rarely subjected to theoretical consideration. The present paper suggests that theories of crisis that borrow from Marxist thought help to gain an understanding of crisis as a catalyst of social change and to conceptually focus analyses of crisis and its discursive construction.

Discourse Analysis

Contribution by Amelie Kutter to a round table discussion on approaches to discourse research at the workshop ‘Liberal Rights for Illiberal Purposes? Comparing Discursive Strategies of…

Disentangling crisis discourse

Workshop convened by Amelie Kutter and Johnny Unger at Lancaster University, 11th July 2012. Abstract: “When Osborne launched his scorched earth policies two years ago, it…